The research found that South Africans love to travel with 43 percent of respondents travelling both locally and overseas while 56 percent had travelled locally.

London - If you’re going away for a few days, beware – it may not prove as relaxing as you hoped.

For the typical British adult takes four days, eight hours and 24 minutes to fully unwind on holiday, according to a study.

Researchers found that a lucky one in ten workers get into “holiday mode” after only one day.

But 18 percent of us find it so difficult to disconnect from work we confess to never completely relaxing or switching off from our jobs.

The findings suggest a long weekend is not enough time to recuperate from the stresses of working life.

Nearly a third of Britons need at least five days to fully relax on leave, while 40 percent manage to unwind four days in.

Michael Gentle, of recruitment site Monster.co.uk which published the report, said: “The fact it is taking so long for workers to unwind on holiday is indicative of the ‘always switched on’ culture we now live in.

“In the past we used to be able to go on holiday and disappear from the working world. Now most of us … don’t think anything of checking our work emails from our Mediterranean villa.”

He added: “By not relaxing fully, workers are putting themselves at risk of burn-out, which will be detrimental to them and their employer in the long run.” - Daily Mail